Snowfall has tapered off in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands Saturday morning, leaving about 2 inches on the ground in most areas. Snow-removal efforts have not tapered off, however, as crews and contractors for the Virginia Department of Transportation continue plowing and treating roads throughout the region.
Icy conditions exist underneath the snow in many areas due to Friday’s rainfall followed by bitter cold Friday night and early this morning. Temperatures are expected to remain well below freezing on Saturday, so icy conditions will persist especially on bridges, overpasses and untreated surfaces. In addition, forecasted high winds may cause snow to cover previously plowed roadways.
The VDOT Staunton District has 750 to 800 pieces of equipment for snow removal operations for this storm. Brining operations took place on Thursday, January 27.
Travelers heading to other parts of the Commonwealth of Virginia should be alert for heavier snow amounts, particularly on the eastern side of the state. Road conditions, traffic cameras, incident locations and road temperature sensors can be accessed on http://www.511Virginia.org, Virginia’s 511 service is also available in an app on iOS and android devices.
Here are the road conditions as of 6 a.m. Saturday in the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Clear conditions in Augusta County.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Rockingham counties. Clear conditions in Augusta, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Bath and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Clarke and Warren counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Highland and Warren counties.
For road condition updates go to http://www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.
On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for Android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.
The VDOT Customer Service Center can be accessed through its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are on site 24/7 every day of the year to assist the public. People can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623).
The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.